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ABOUT AUTHOR: Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com


Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

MELANIE: One “Wow” moment was definitely when I met with my first editor, Jacque Alberta of Zondervan, at the ACFW Conference to ask her if she’d had a chance to read my book, The Healer’s Apprentice, that my agent had sent to her two or three months earlier. (I was actually so sure she had already rejected it and I just hadn’t heard that I tried three times to get out of that appointment!) But when she started telling me she loved the book and hoped Zondervan would publish it, my jaw probably dropped to the floor! She said she’d been meaning to let my agent know. She started telling me some of the scenes and characters in my book that she loved, and I was on cloud 9, wishing that 15-minute appointment could have been an hour!

Nora: I loved your debut novel and the trailer. When I first viewed it I felt like I was watching the beginning of a full-length movie.


MELANIE: Another “Wow” moment was definitely when the wonderful team at Thomas Nelson started emailing me and congratulating me on making the New York Times Bestseller list! That was a dream I had hardly dared to hope would really come true!

Nora: Congratulations! That is exciting!

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?

MELANIE: Definitely, God and His Word, just reminding myself of all His assurances. I have certain verses on sticky notes all over the place. Right now I have Romans 15:13 right in front of my chair where I sit and write. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”



And it helps that my two beautiful daughters are amazing, and I know they are counting on me to stay sane. Ha!

Nora: Thank you for sharing this verse. It is encouraging. Rejoicing with you in your Wow moments.

Why write Christian Fiction? What’s the draw for you?

MELANIE: I’m not sure I could take God completely out of most of my stories, and I really don’t want to. God is the biggest part of me and my life, so I enjoy infusing some of my love and faith into my characters.

Nora: What I’ve enjoyed about the spiritual thread in your novels is that it’s organic and not preachy. It’s a natural element that each of your characters deals with in one way or the other. I enjoy the internal struggle and/or place they get to when they realize they need Him.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

MELANIE: Right now I’m working on my Aladdin story, set in my Medieval German world of Hagenheim. It will actually be the 8th book in that series, which began with The Healer’s Apprentice, which I never intended to turn into a series at all. Ha! The title is The Orphan’s Wish, and it should be out around September of 2018. I am absolutely in love with the story and characters already. I love orphan heroes.

Nora:  I’m marking my calendar. I look forward to reading that one. Grin!
  

How much research do you put into your historicals? Did you discover some fascinating tales that made it in your book? Some that didn’t?

MELANIE: I found out that the youngest prime minister in Britain’s history was William Pitt the Younger, whose father had also been prime minister, and that he was only 24 years old. I had wanted my hero’s ambition to be that he would become the youngest prime minister, but he was already 24.

I do a lot of research, but I also sometimes ask the experts, people I know have been studying Regency England much longer than I have. But there are always facts and people that you discover in your research that don’t make it into the book. After all, as a novelist you don’t want to write a history book, you want to write an exciting story.

Nora: Oh, Yeah! I LOVE learning about history through novels. When I read your books, I feel like I’ve been dropped in that time period. Experiencing a little history first hand. It’s so much more exciting than reading a history book.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

MELANIE: I am usually only a leader when no one else will step up to the plate. But when someone else is giving orders, I’m a follower. I’m also an encourager and an empath, so I’d be telling everyone how well they were doing, and when someone got hurt, I’d give them lots of sympathy. 

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do? (besides meeting Jesus and company – that’s a given Grin!)

MELANIE: That’s a tough one.  I’d probably want to go back to Medieval times and spend some time checking out the castles and knights and jousting tournaments and trying to figure out what I got right and what I didn’t.

Nora: Fun!

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?


MELANIE: My older daughter’s sigh of contentment when she hugs me, and my younger daughter telling me she loves me.

Nora: Ahhhh! Love that!

ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 

MELANIE: I so appreciate my readers! It means so much to me when they tell me one of my books inspired or helped them in some way. And I appreciate you, Nora! Thanks so much for being such a great friend and supporter all these years! You are very sweet and inspirational yourself! I love your story. God bless you for all you do.

Nora: Thanks, Melanie, that means a lot to me. I remember us working together on running an online book club before your first book came out. I remember you speaking to my book club in person. I was excited for you then even more thrilled for you now.


Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I liked, A Spy’s Devotion; once again your novel has a smart and relateable female character I enjoyed hanging out with. This lady was feisty and faithful to do the right thing with no care for her own happiness. Her faith and courage have inspired me. You also have some moments in the book that make me cheer and some that got me teary eyed. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to point people to this series and your books.

ENTER DRAWING – MUST ANSWER
ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS

1.  What do you like most about reading a Regency story?
2.  If you’ve read any of Melanie’s books; which are your favorite. Why?
3.  If you could time travel would you go to the past or the future first? Why?
4.  Out of all the sounds in all the world which are your favorite? Why?

LAST DAY to ENTER DRAWING is SEPT 10th

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CONGRATS TO 
HEATHER RATCLIFF - 
her name was drawn to receive a copy of Melanie's Book

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75 comments:

  1. The Regency time period is my favorite, so I'd definitely go back in time. I think it's the romantic atmosphere that authors portray when writing about this time. I love the clothes, customs, and novelty of how they lived. Reality is probably not as romantic as I have it in my mind, however. =D

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  2. #1 I love Regency stories because they take me to a place I've never been. The stories are so fun to read, the historical scenes are amazing. I just love sitting back and indulging in a new Regency novel!!
    Blessings

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  3. I loved Melanie's book, "The Beautiful Pretender". I've since read, "The Golden Braid" and "The Noble Servant". I actually won a giveaway a while back where I received 4 of her books so I still have some on my TBR bookshelf. I would love to win this one!

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  4. I love the cooing/laugh of babies.. Just makes me smile!

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  5. I'd like to travel to the future. I've always been fascinated with where God will lead us!

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  6. I love the sound of the shofar! It is the breath of God.

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  7. I'd go to the past to see my ancestors and find out when the first ones became Christians and passed that heritage on.

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  8. My email address: anne at rightler dot com

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  9. I love to hear laughter. It usually will make me feel better.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  10. I've read only the Silent Songbird, so I guess that one is my favorite.

    bonnijeandotmarleyatgmail

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  11. My favorites of Melanie's books are The Beautiful Pretender and The Golden Braid. I loved the mysteriousness in both of them and the characters. The characters were so well written it was as if they had become your friends. My email is epinklemon@gmail.com

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    1. Aw, that's awesome! Thanks, Emily! :D They feel like friends to me too! LOL!

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  12. My favourite sounds are my dog's sigh and my family's laughter. I also love the sounds of an orchestra. Best sounds ever. My email is janiceamohv at gmail dot com.

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  13. A baby's coos or laughter is my favorite sound. I love the innocence. I also like to listen to a bubbling brook. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. I've read nearly all of Mrs. Dickerson's books and how can I decide on a favorite?! They're all SO amazing! There's no way I could choose just one, but my tops are The Merchant's Daughter, The Healer's Apprentice, The Captive Maiden, The Golden Braid, A Spy's Devotion, and The Beautiful Pretender. (I've not read A Viscount's Proposal or The Noble Servant yet, but I've got them both checked out from the library right now. Super excited to read them! I know I'll love them!) So, in summary, my favorites are nearly every one she's ever written! Lol.
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Lol oops! Got so carried away with how much I love your books that I forgot to leave my email! Lol
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  15. My favorite sounds are those of my grandkids laughing! Just nothing better! thedanielsr(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. I would love to be transported to Regency era England.
    I've read Golden Braid and A Noble Servant, which I loved. Healer's Apprentice is sitting on my desk right now and The Silent Songbird is on my Kindle.
    Favorite sounds....the contented laughter and sigh from my children.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  17. I think my favorite is The Fairest Beauty. I've read the box set of the first five books. And I've read Beautiful Pretender. Her stories/writing is amazing and so inspiring.
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  18. I'm a coffee addict so when my coffee maker has the gurgling sounds that tells me it's through brewing, I give a big shout! I also love the sound of the birds singing, the wind through the trees and the ocean waves. Most of the time I have to listen to the ocean on a CD.
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  19. I do not recall if I have read any of Melanie's books off hand. They sound interesting though. I do enjoy the Regency Era, and am I also love my coffee. I am not sure if I can say I am an addict... but I do have to have it daily so maybe I am :-) amylsmith AT bledsoe (dot) net

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  20. I have read almost every published book by Melanie Dickerson (still working on getting the last three). I have LOVED each and every book, but my favorite would be a tie between The Fairest Beauty, and The Captive Maiden because they were the first two I read. Those two books got me completely hooked on both Dickerson and the retelling of Fairytales. Thanks for the giveway! <3 ~Merry ilovehistoricalfictionbooks@gmail.com

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  21. I love reading Regency because of the way life was, for everyone...it's just intriguing to me.

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  22. One of my favorite sounds is the giggling of my little children. It thrills me to know they are happy and it also reminds me of how blessed I am! thecritterfamily@gmail.com

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  23. I want to read this very much! I love Melanie's books. Favourite would be The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest! :)

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  24. I love the sound of the birds singing rain falling, my husband saying I love you, my parents calling and singing to me, my grandchildren's laughter, etc. thank you for the chance have a blessed and happy day

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  25. I think if I could time travel I would travel to the future. I would love to know what happens in about 20 years. I am the type of person who sometimes reads the end of the book first. So it fits in. Thanks so much!
    Becky B..
    ohiohomeschool (at) gmail (dot) com

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  26. Hi Melanie!
    Great interview Nora and Melanie!

    I have the audio-book of A Spy’s Devotion #1 The Regency Spies of London series. I really enjoyed listening to it.

    Question #2...It's hard to pick just one favorite....will say, The Beautiful Pretender #2 A Medieval Fairy Tale. I love the way I was able to travel back to the year 1363 of The Holy Roman Empire complete with knights, Lords and Ladies. I found it fascinating reading about that time period and the descriptions were exceptional so that I could envision the landscapes, castles, clothing and mores of the day. It all sounds so romantic but I am sure it was a very hard life and full of danger as well.

    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thanks, Tina! Yes, I'm sure it was hard! I try not to go into all the things that made it hard, like no bathrooms! LOL!

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  27. I just recently read "The Captive Maiden" which I really enjoyed and look forward to reading the rest in the series. As for what is your favorite sound... I picture myself sitting in a kayak on a lake, listening to the stillness of the water with an occasional fish jumping out of the water, the wind blowing, birds singing, while appreciating God's beautiful creation and remembering God saying "Be Still and Know I Am God!" -Sherry emailme@nycap.rr.com

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  28. My favorite sound is the waves as they crash against the rocks. It is peaceful and I can hear God whisper how much He loves me.
    jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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  29. I love the peaceful quiet of the woods.

    Hmt90A@gmail.com

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  30. I would definitely travel back in time. I love the fashions, and the code of chivalry.
    hethas1@yahoo.com

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  31. Regency romances hold a special place in my heart because they were the first historical romances that I read and loved in high school. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!
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  32. I love every book I have read by Melanie Dickerson ( I've read around ten) so I can't answer this question, but I do know that if I could travel to the past or future, I'd choose the Renaissance time period! I am a medieval history nerd and Melanie Dickerson's books make me so happy because they're historically accurate. I also enjoy writing about that time period so it would be great research!
    Email: annemariecostello3@gmail.com

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  33. I love the sound of my family laughing together! Now that the kids are growing up and starting to leave the nest we don't have as many opportunities so they are just more precious! jkmarko@cox.net

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  34. I love reading regency because it's a cost-effective vacation I can take from life and reduces stress! It's fun to imagine a time with different worries and issues. Regencies are also generally pretty clean, which I appreciate.
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  35. Love the interview. Thanks for the drawing. I have to say that i love ALL of Melanies books that I have read. Still need to catch up, lol !!! But The Healers Apprentice and The Merchants Daughter are my favorite.I tell people everywhere about her books. I goto a yardsale and feel led to...

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  36. Have not read any of the authors works, yet but this one sounds interesting as I like the time frame of the book setting. Love to learn new things by reading and this would fit the bill. jbarrett5 at cox dot net

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  37. Thanx for the interview and giveaway!!!! I enjoy learning a little more about authors this way. I like the Medieval and fairytale retelling alot. Regencies are good, too! j4hibdon at yahoo dot com

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  38. what a fun and great interview. out of all the noises of the world, it would be talking with my husband and children and their laughter. second would be nature with all the wind, etc and all the animals
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  39. Some of the best sounds in the world is birds singing in spring after a long, cold winter. It just revives my soul and makes me happy to be alive. My daughter has read all of Melanie's books except the last two newest ones. She did a report in school on one of her books and was so please to have Melanie answer her questions over facebook. Thanks for going out of your way! My email is tmkgrup2soon(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  40. Question 4. One of my favorite sounds is the laughter of a young child (any child really) because it is full of innocence and fun. At that moment, they do not have a care in the world. I would love to read and review this book. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  41. The idea of time traveling has always excited me. Although the future would most certainly be intriguing; as a recent graduate of archaeology, history, and museum studies, the past has always held a greater claim over my time traveling desires. The only problem would be deciding what time and place to go to...New Kingdom, Egypt; Regency, England; Olmec, Mexico; Revolutionary America or France; etc.

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  42. I have always felt the allure of time travel. Although it would be intriguing to see the future; as a recent graduate of archaeology, history, and museum studies traveling to the past holds more of an appeal to me. The hard part would be deciding to which time period and where to travel...New Kingdom, Egypt; Regency, England; Revolutionary America or France; etc.

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  43. mrsbrinius@comcast.net I would go to the past to talk to my dad.

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  44. My favorite of Melanie's books is A Viscount's proposal.

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  45. I love going to the ocean & listening to the sounds. So amazing to see & hear.
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  46. I've always loved the Regency era - Jane Austen has spoiled me for any other era. I really appreciate how you have so diligently researched to make sure your stories are not only accurate but your characters are realistic for that time period. I'd love to win your new book. dsks88(AT)gmail(dot)com.

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  47. I have loved all of Melanie Dickerson's books so far. My favorite sound is when my children are getting along and laughing together. dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. my favorite sound is laughter of a child and baby j ust is music to my ears i have never read any of melanies books would love too. I love regency historicals because its an era where men where men and women where feisty but still revered id wanna visit the pastjust to experiance it like the old west ect. ect

    mortalsinn@yahoo.com

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  49. I love the sound of children laughing especially when it's one of those deep belly laughs! It's very contagious and very mood uplifting!!
    kathyrobinson11@comcast.net

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  50. I love the Regency period. The dresses, rules, tea time, and the thought of strolling through a garden. Thank you.

    ohiohomeschool (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. If I could travel in time, I'd go to the past. I enjoy reading stories of immigration to America and would like to see first-hand what it was like. Thanks for the chance to win a book.

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  52. I would love to time travel. The first place I would go is 4yrs ago because that would be when my dad was still alive and things were different in my life. Things were a lot happier now it is only sad and heartache. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

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  53. Very good interview. Thank you for sharing. I just recently listened to and reviewed The Healer's Apprentice. I enjoyed the faith elements and the character choices to stand firm in trusting God. ...Favorite sounds? I do love the sound of children laughing. I also love the sound of gentle wind and rain and the meows our cat makes when she wants attention.
    mesreads @ gmail.com

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  54. 3. My first thought was to return to the past but then, I decided that I would first go to the future. I became a first time grandmother at age 63 so I know that I may not live to see my granddaughter as an adult. I am in good health to be almost 67 years old but only God knows my life span and I may not see her as a teenager or college student.
    4. My favorite sound is laughter. Laughter from my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter as she learns and plays: laughter from my daughter who is trying to raise a daughter as a single mother and struggles to juggle her time; laughter from my husband of almost 49 years because I know that this sound may not always be with me. God wants us to enjoy ourselves and I think He enjoys our laughter!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I have loved all Melanie's books I've read so far. I have not read the regency novels yet, but do own them. I enjoy the regency period and learning more about the customs/class systems as well as the dress of the era. My 2nd fav would be settling the west, Oregon Trail to early 1900's or so. annby(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  56. Out of all the sounds in the world one of my favorite is ocean waves because it calmes me like nothing else in the world can. And a baby's laughter. It brings a joy deep inside like no other.
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  57. My family and I had an cookout on Labor Day. I ate chicken, salad, pasta, veggie skewers, corn, and cookies for dessert.

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  58. I enjoy the Regency period because I like Jane Austen and the costumes. I enjoy their manners.
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  59. My favorite book by Melanie Dickerson is The Captive Maiden. It was the first book of hers that I read and I love that it is a fairy tale retelling without any magic! Thanks for the fun post and the giveaway! Danandlyndawdwards (at) msn (dot) com.

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  60. I love the Regency time period.

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  61. I've read some of your books & enjoyed them immensely. Also, left reviews on the ones I read. My favorite sound in the world is the sound of a baby's/child's laughter, It bring joy to my soul. Also love the sound of ocean waves.

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  62. I love the "manners and morals" hypocrisy of the period. Posies, poems, settings, Prinny, and so on. Also, the spies, language and full-bodied flavor of a different era.

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  63. CONGRATS TO
    HEATHER RATCLIFF -
    her name was drawn to receive a copy of Melanie's Book THANKS to EVERYONE that stopped by and participating in this giveaway. I will be having more featured authors with giveaway opportunities. SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

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